The Denver Post
Denver City Council members Charlie Brown and Chris Nevitt are polar opposites on how much regulation the burgeoning medical marijuana industry should face.
Nevitt doesn't understand why Brown is pushing for more regulation. Brown can't understand why Nevitt doesn't support requiring marijuana dispensaries to apply for a license similar to what establishments serving liquor must seek.
But on one issue the two council members are in agreement: They both think the city should start seeking sales tax revenues from those dispensaries selling medical marijuana.
"We're leaving a lot of money on the table," Nevitt said.
The council members made their views known Monday during a committee meeting on the subject.
State Sen. Chris Romer, a Democrat from Denver, said the state legislature likely also will decide whether to fashion a "robust regulatory" framework for the industry in the next General Assembly session.
The city's treasury department still isn't sure how to handle those medical marijuana dispensaries seeking a sales-tax license. The city attorney's office is still analyzing the taxation issue after the treasury department asked for an opinion in August.
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Tuesday, November 03, 2009
The Denver Post